Sailing Adventures of 'S/V Gypsy Soul'

Presently in Rockport Tx Catching up on bright work an trying to build a Bimini, and a dodger. Planned trip early March or April to North Florida.

21 March 2014 | Rockport, Tx.....Mustang Marina
24 November 2013 | Rockport Tx
10 December 2011 | House of Boats
05 March 2011 | Rockport
04 October 2010 | Rockport Texas
11 April 2010 | Mustang Yacht Marina
07 April 2010 | Pier Side Hook and Bull Boat Yard
27 March 2010 | Hook and Bull Boat Yard
17 March 2010 | Hook and Bull Boat Yard
12 March 2010 | Rockport Texas
11 March 2010 | Rockport Texas
27 February 2010 | Rockport Texas
25 February 2010 | Hook and Bull Boat Yard
15 February 2010 | Rockport Texas
03 January 2010 | Rockport Texas
12 November 2009 | Rockport Texas
15 August 2009 | Rockport Texas
15 August 2009 | Rockport, Texas

Final out of water Preps For Underway Fl.

30 April 2011
A cool 77 with winds of 10 to 15 knots.
Well the underway time for Florida is fast approching. I moved
"Gypsy Soul " from "Mustang Marina" to the "House of Boats" Boat yard today. I am glad that I had a friend (Craig) with me to help with lines to day. The wind was picking up as we left and I alomst caught the the dock as I backed out when the wind caught the stern and pulled around. As some of you may know...A sail boat does not back up for shit.

To top it off I had so many barnicals on the prop that I was losing power and really had to kick it in the ass. That is one of the reasons that I was pulling the boat for a final bottom check. I also needed to raise the water line a good 8" to 10".

When I originally got "GS" It was a bare bones boat....No engine installed...fuel tanks and Water tanks were never she never had all the equipment both electrical and deck items installed. n When I originally started rebuilding "GS" All I had was a hull, mast and small boom. Having a brain hic-up I used the old water line.

So after installing a new engine, a anchor windless, ice box, and all new topside equipment.......course the boat was going to ride deeper in the water. A LOT DEEPER...About ten inches lower.

Now I have to sand all the old paint off...prep it and then repaint it. If you check out my photos you will see a section for the April 29th haul out and see just how bad the bottom sides were where there was no bottom paint. I had just launched her a little over a year ago and where there was bottom pain the was nothing but a little green slime. Not one barnacles any where to be found. BUT where the boat did not have any bottom paint......It was covered with Heavy barnacles and sea growth.

While I have "GS" out I am going to change Three overboard plastic discharges to Brass and install another depth finder up nearer the bow. I have one but it is further back towards the stern. Because if this I could be aground before I new it. This new depth sounder is incorporated with my Garmin GPS so It is in front of me at all times, where the other one I have to lean way over to read it if I am seated on the Stbd side.

Another thing that I just completed was installing to wash boards to the port and starboard side. To these I have installed straps for three 5 gallon reserve jerry cans on each side. This will give me an extra 25 gallons of diesel fuel for the engine and 5 gallon of gas for my Honda 2000i .generator. We also installed two PVC 4" pipes about four feet long on the stern rail. Since I am not set up for butane cooking, each one of the tubes will whole 4 one pound butane camping cans for use with my grill. I have also included pictures of these two installed item in the photo section.

If I have time I will also touch up the varnish and the deck paint. I am sure that there is other items that I will find that need to be done while I am hauled out....But the list is really very short and hope it stays that way.

So all my friends...... so long for now and hope you all had a very happy and safe Easter.

" Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover...............(Mark Twain)

S/V "Gypsy Soul'
Vessel Name: Gypsy Soul
Vessel Make/Model: 1967 31 ft Seafarer Sloop
Hailing Port: St Augustine Fl
Crew: Richard
About: Male 69 years young at heart loves to sail, loves the Naturalist style of life. Retired US Navy of 33 years.
Extra: Presently located in Rockport Tx Prepping Gypsy Soul for a sail back to Fl via the ICW.
Home Page:
Gypsy Soul's Photos - Main
The few pictures I was able to get
20 Photos
Created 31 December 2011
Pictures of the Houston/Galveston Highway and Rail Road bridges...and traffic as we cross the Houston Ship Channel.
16 Photos
Created 26 December 2011
Pictures along the ICW from Freeport to Moody Gardens at Galveston Texas. A wonderful Christmas light show at Moody Gardens.
20 Photos
Created 18 December 2011
See the long boring sites along the ICW
13 Photos
Created 15 December 2011
Rockport to Port O'Connor on S/v Red Clipper
15 Photos
Created 15 December 2011
Shots/Pics of the Water line raising.
26 Photos
Created 10 December 2011
Pictures of Fuel storage for six, five gallon diesel storage and 1 five gallon gasoline jerry cans and 8 cans of 1 lb butane fuel.
11 Photos
Created 1 May 2011
Pictures of the haul out and damage done by non protection of below water line paint.
33 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 30 April 2011
Mounting of Wind Generator
9 Photos
Created 5 March 2011
General Sailing in and around Rockport / Aransas Pass Texas.
30 Photos
Created 4 October 2010
The first underway time for Gypsy Soul and Docked at her Temporary Dock at Mustang Yaughts
12 Photos
Created 11 April 2010
The launch of Gypsy Soul
24 Photos
Created 7 April 2010
On the first launch of Gypsy Soul we had to pull her out of the water after 30 min due to a cracked rudder shaft stuffing tube. This show the replscement of it,
10 Photos
Created 27 March 2010
The placing of Gypsy Soul's Name
12 Photos
Created 27 March 2010
The launching of Gypsy Soul after Eight years of being on the hard
24 Photos
Created 17 March 2010

Florida Gypsy Soul

Who: Richard
Port: St Augustine Fl

Where Am I

'Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.' - "Mark Twain" -